Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Green Heron, On The Hunt

I’ve often spotted a Green Heron in this patch of reeds; a walking path winds along the edge of a pond providing an interesting, if dark, view of their hunting behavior.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

These herons don’t have any problem snagging a snack from this duckweed covered water.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what’s lurking around below the surface.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Here’s a wider view of this Green Heron’s hunting territory. Beyond these reeds the water opens up into a pond.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Roseate Spoonbills, Another Opportunity

A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off

They circled the area, staying low.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off

A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.

Roseate Spoonbill Overhead
Roseate Spoonbill Overhead

Roseate Spoonbills, Come on Down!

I was on a dike between two ponds, one of which was a perfect spot for these passing Roseate Spoonbills to land, at least to my eye.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

They had other ideas about cutting their flight short but gave me a nice fly-by show.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Maybe they already had breakfast.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Then they disappeared into the distance.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 6, 2020

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Some of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Herons are still hanging around the swamp, now on their own. The parents have moved on, no longer providing meals.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I was not expecting him to fly and he almost flew out of my frame. I liked the fall-ish background so kept the image even without much leading space in front of the bird.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Taking Off

He didn’t go very far and when I rounded a corner on the trail he was in front of me again.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron